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    Default 15x70... Barska vs Celestron



    Hey, I can get both of these binoculars for about the same price. There are a few minor spec differences, which would you guys get?

    Barska
    Fully coated, 20mm Eye relief (I wear glasses), 44.8 oz (I will be attempting to hold these without a tripod often), and the barska's come with a tripod adapter and tripod

    Celestron
    Multi coated, 18mm eye relief, 48 oz, come with a tripod adapter but NO tripod.

    This set of binoculars will be used primarily to satisfy my need for portability and supplement the zhumell 10" dob that is coming to me in the mail. Don't really want to spend more than these binoculars are gonna cost me (that's why the tripod coming with the barska's is nice).

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    Do either have BAK4 prisms? From what I understand BAK4 is better astronomy than BAK7.
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    both have bak4

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    Both have bak4. only difference is that the barska's have an extra 2mm of eye relief and come with a tripod. Didn't know how much more light the celestron's with multi coated optics would gather than the barska's with fully coated optics, and whether this was worth giving up the tripod and 2 mm eye relief.

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    The "fully" with the Barska model likely means fully multicoated. Are you able to link them for us?
    Sometimes a company will have trail models, astronomy models, etc. .. makes it hard to find the right specs.

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    these are fairly cheap binoculars so i doubt it's fully multi-coated. (with the barska's, the 15x70 binos are fully coated, then the 20x80s and 30x80s are multi coated, which seems to me to mean that they are less than multi-coated since they are less money than the other two).

    The celestrons are these

    The barskas are these

    (these are the same price on amazon).

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    I'd pick the Barska. Actually I've thought about getting a pair of those.
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    They sell the Barska 15x70's at Walmart. The price is nearly the same plus you could check out the collimation in the parking lot and run them back in if need be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GriffinBF View Post
    They sell the Barska 15x70's at Walmart. The price is nearly the same plus you could check out the collimation in the parking lot and run them back in if need be.
    Thanks for the heads up. I didn't know they sold them.
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    I have a pair of the Barska 15x70, I got them cheap because they needed collimating, which was very easy to do on these. I've been very happy with them, very lightweight, which is nice when scanning the skies with them.
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